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Mastered by Love (Bastion Club Series)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Mastered by great reads

Best thing about the book was the relationship between Royce and Minerva and the way he tried to be different from his father. I liked his outlook on what a duke SHOULD do and how he implemented his ideas. Whether that was consistent with the time period, I don't know, ...
Best thing about the book was the relationship between Royce and Minerva and the way he tried to be different from his father. I liked his outlook on what a duke SHOULD do and how he implemented his ideas. Whether that was consistent with the time period, I don't know, but it was great reading. I LOVE Stephanie Laurens and this book is just a great reminder of why that love is so justified. She is hands down my favorite author for regency England romances, I don't care how historically inaccurate they might be. Her women are just strong representations of femininity, strong without obviously kicking butt or taking names - subtlety is the word for a Laurens heroine. And in this book Laurens another compelling hero in Royce - the head of the Bastion Club come home at last to claim his Ducal title. It's one of those books that while it might look like it only has a simple plot from the outside, is actually quite complex and the twists and turns that result in the happy ending are engaging and enjoyable. I highly recommend it, as a stand alone or as the last in the series.

posted by readtolive_livetoread on September 26, 2009

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

So disappointed!!!!

I waited a long time for this story..I feel cheated! I feel it was lacking in excitement and the ending was so bland! I lost count of how many times Minerva was referred to as Royce's chatelaine. They've known each other since she was six years old for Pete's sake. ...
I waited a long time for this story..I feel cheated! I feel it was lacking in excitement and the ending was so bland! I lost count of how many times Minerva was referred to as Royce's chatelaine. They've known each other since she was six years old for Pete's sake. And his terrible temper was mentioned so many times it was ridiculous. And the villain! Don't get me started.
I have enjoyed the Bastion Club series very much but this story could have been so much better!!

posted by Lovestoread13 on September 19, 2009

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

    Mastered by Love - Stephanie Laurens

    I have read all of the other Bastion Club Novels and this is the one that I had been awaiting. It was very well written and lived up to the suspense that I was put under awaiting it. Great for a rainy day, I could not put it down once I had started it. (I love Stephanie Laurens' writing.)

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Dalziel finally gets his own story.

    I was a bit disappointed in the plot, but enjoyed it overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    At last Dalziel's Story

    After Seven years of waiting the Bastien Club at last comes to a end with the release of Dalziel's story. I found the plot interesting and the conflict between the hero and heroine was great. The identity of the Last Traitor was a surprise and a little bit of a let down. It was nice to see old friends from other series appearing

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    I like The Book But,

    It's a little weak on some of the character,like the last tratior.Other than that It's a good read. Had Been Waitin for this book for a while and was not disapointed.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    Different style from rest of series

    At long last, Stephanie Laurens has released the conclusion to her popular Bastion Club series. Mastered by Love is the story of Dalziel, aka Royce Varisey. The head spymaster who directed the Bastion club members from Whitehall during the conflict with Napoleon.

    For such an aggressive man, I found the story surprisingly passive. Aggressive emotionally--and sexually-- perhaps but passive in terms of the action that normally infuses the Bastion Club novels. The suspense and danger was thrown in at the very end, but the focus was on Royce's struggles to adjust to being a duke--and to convince his bride of choice to accept him.

    I have a weakness for finale books and must have the obligatory glimpse of characters from previous installments to make a series feel complete. Laurens delivers that with glimpses not only of Bastion club members but also a few main Cynsters.

    Although I really loved Minerva, I found the other characters a little too shallow compared to Laurens's normal characterization. That, combined with the lack of suspense and intrigue normally found in the series, adds to a twinge of disappointment . The romance, though, I considered a bit better--more compelling--than some of the previous installments.

    Readers who enjoy the Bastion Club series primarily because of the action will likely be disappointed. But for fans of the series, it's worth reading just to see Royce as himself--and to watch someone normally so supremely confident have to work his way through uncertainty and emotional vulnerability.

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